Our Fabulous Forums!!!

Under the umbrella our Achievement Consultation Program, we have an array of curricula that we facilitate which focus on long-term benefits for girls to achieve successful futures as productive women.  We facilitate these curricula in the form of interactive conversations with girls vs. talking at them, which we call “Forums”.  Our Forums include: The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum, The Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Forum, The Junior Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Development Forum, and The Smart Money Management Financial Literacy Forum.  Our most popular Forum is The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum because it is all-inclusive in the fact that it represents the most effective and key elements of all the curricula combined.

Through the combined efforts of our Achievement Consultation Program and our Fabulous Forums, we have developed an effective strategy which enables students to more clearly focus on their educational priorities like increasing their grades and attendance and decreasing truancy and suspensions.  More specifically, by combining our Fabulous Forums with our Achievement Consultation process, we have established an effective Social and Emotional Learning formula for female youth AND their families to achieve success.

*Forums occur within a classroom at our partnering school agency facilities.  School admins choose whether Forums are run before school, during lunchtime, or after-school.

The Life Skills Just For Girls Forum

The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum provides adolescent girls with a distinctive, gender-based curriculum derived from a holistic approach, while combining the spiritual, physical, and mental aspects of healthy lifestyles.  We teach female youth a very distinct combination of life skills which will help them to not only excel in any challenge that life places in their path, but more importantly to succeed in their journey of life!

Our core areas of focus are self-esteem, effective journal keeping, goal setting, interview attire, healthy relationships, positive communication, job-readiness, career preparation, healthy eating habits, self-care and image building.

The Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Forum

The Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Forum is an innovate composure of interactive activities, focusing in the core areas of Communication, Enthusiasm and Attitude, Teamwork, Networking, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, and Professionalism. Activities are typically facilitated within a classroom atmosphere.

The Junior Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Development Forum

The Junior Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Development Forum is taught by an authentic Toastmaster, whom presents genuine Toastmasters Curriculum which is designed to cater to young audiences for easier comprehension. In addition to learning phenomenal Public Speaking skills, youth develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. Participants learn to:

• Evaluate present speaking ability

• Organize and give speeches

• Give impromptu talks

• Control voice, vocabulary and gestures

• Give constructive feedback and more

The Smart Money Management Financial Literacy Forum 

The Smart Money Management Forum is a financial literacy program derived from the Wells Fargo Bank “Hands On Banking” For Young Adults Curriculum, which includes the basics of bank services, the importance of saving, smart money management, using credit responsibly, investing, wealth building, and more. Whether it’s opening a checking account, avoiding identity theft, paying for college, applying for a credit card, or starting a small business, the Hands on Banking program provides real-world skills and knowledge that everyone can use.

OUR SENSATIONAL SUMMER FORUMS

During the Summer months when our students are not in school, Ruth’s Way facilitates a creative combination of our Fabulous Forums so that our Summer Forums are SENSATIONAL!

The Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Virtual Summer Forum 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we transitioned all of our programming to a virtual format.  We facilitated the combined curricula of our Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Forum with that of our Smart Money Management Financial Literacy Forum as a paid worksite through our collaborative partnership with The Homewood Children’s Village and The Learn and Earn Program.  Students were compensated a minimum wage as employees of the worksite:

We will have tons of fun while you learn, and have awesome conversations on everything that you need to know about the RIGHT way to go about getting a job, how to KEEP the job once you get it, and how to PROPERLY manage your money so that you don’t waste all that hard work! The best part is, YOU GET PAID while you’re doing it! Students earn a wage while learning essential Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills, and Smart Money Management Financial Literacy.

  • Ruth’s Way’s Job Readiness and Employment Soft Skills Forum focus is Job Readiness, Employment Soft Skills, and Smart Money Management in the form of an innovative composure of interactive activities, focusing in the core areas of Communication, Enthusiasm and Attitude, Teamwork, Networking, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, Professionalism and Money Management.  We discuss FUN topics like effective job searching, fantastic resume composure, mock interviews, opening a checking account, avoiding identity theft, wealth building and much more!

The Virtuous Young Ladies Summer Scholarship Forum

In 2019, we facilitated this Summer Forum at our agency location in Penn Hills.  We combined curricula from our The Life Skills Just for Girls Forum, The Smart Money Management and Financial Literacy Forum, and The Junior Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Development Forum:

An opportunity for girls to participate in FUN activities that focus on positive communication and leadership development, job readiness, financial literacy, teamwork, career preparation and professionalism, healthy relationship building, self-care and image building so that the VIRTUOUS YOUNG LADY in you can shine through!

Upon successful Forum completion, each young lady receives a gift card to spend towards school supplies for college!  The young lady who achieves the highest level of participation upon program completion receives a special scholarship award towards her college tuition fees, books, etc.!